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News » US » Design unveiled for $441m DC bridge » published 11 Aug 2017

Design unveiled for $441m DC bridge

The design and the construction timeline have been revealed for the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is part of the South Capitol Street Corridor project, the largest public infrastructure project in Washington DC’s history. The project includes replacing the 68 year-old bridge and reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/I-295 interchange.

The South Capitol Street Corridor Project will be completed in two phases. The District has signed a US$441m contract with South Capitol Bridgebuilders – a joint venture of Archer Western Construction and Granite Construction, with Aecom as the lead designer – for phase one of the project (link opens in new tab). HNTB is assisting the client with the program management and construction management.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said: “The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and the entire South Capitol Street Corridor Project will create jobs for District residents and provide an iconic gateway between Anacostia and Downtown DC. When completed, this will be a tremendous structure and a fitting memorial for a remarkable American icon.”

The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will be built approximately 100 feet from the current bridge. Its design includes three above-deck arches that capture the District’s arch history, two piers that will appear to float in the river, and four pedestrian overlooks.

“After fighting for more than a decade to secure more than $200 million in federal funding to build a new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, what a relief it is to see that work come to a head with today’s contract announcement and design unveiling,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. “South Capitol Street is a vital gateway to the nation’s capital and a gateway to greater opportunities for DC neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. As we prepare to commemorate the bicentennial of Fredrick Douglass’ birth next year, now is the perfect time to celebrate moving forward on this memorial bridge named in his honor.”


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This article was published on 11 Aug 2017 (last updated on 15 Aug 2017).

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